Pre-holiday weekend has begun...Two days until Tom's birthday celebration!...

On the way to Nelspruit with our driver Okee Dokee, she stopped to buy lychee nuts from this adorable girl, who was selling them on the side of the road with her mom. For more photos from this date in 2013, please click here.
It's disappointing not being able to buy Tom a gift for his upcoming birthday. In our old lives, we always had gifts for one another for birthdays, Christmas, Valentine's Day, anniversaries and other special days throughout the year.

Our lifestyle prohibits buying anything that goes into our single piece of luggage. His bag is packed to the brim with recent purchases I made for him while in Minnesota. He has everything he needs and wants. 

After Christmas, he'll need to purchase a leather belt which he wears daily to hold up his pants. I guess that's kind of an "old man" thing. (He won't mind my saying this). 

Also, we'll need to buy some of those short white socks that most people wear these days as opposed to the older-style socks that come part-way up one's calf.
We both prefer the longer socks but we've adapted to the more "fashionable" style.

We prefer not to stand out as seniors who don't have a clue as to what is in style and what is not. Also, by "going with the flow" we stand out less as typical senior tourists as we travel the world.

This morning I headed back to the Safeway Market for a few more of their spectacular deals such as roasted chickens at $5.95 each and bacon at $.99 for a 12-ounce pack. 

We've begun thinking about the tasks we must tackle before we leave the US in 39 days. Gosh, the time is coming up quickly. After the holidays' end, I'll start trimming down the contents in my clothing suitcase and the "supplies" suitcase. Tom will do the same in his clothing suitcase.

Also, I am making a list of toiletries and other items to add to the "supplies" suitcase. I doubt we'll be able to replace many items we frequently use while in India, some of which we may find in other countries. 

Constantly making lists is a relevant aspect of our world travels. I use a few apps on my phone which include "Bring" a grocery and shopping app I've been using for years and "Google Keep" where I can make lists for absolutely anything. 

These two apps help us stay organized, especially when we know we may not have access to shopping. We'll be eating out all meals while in India but will forego bringing any food items with us.

Tom's a little concerned about the spices in Indian food and I'm concerned that I won't be able to get appropriate low carb meals for my way of eating when so many foods are starchy. However, after doing some research it appears most hotels have eggs, chicken, fish, and vegetables for me and chicken and rice for Tom. 

Today, Tom is watching football all day while I continue to work on financial matters. In this small space, there isn't much I can do to stay occupied but somehow I manage to entertain myself.

Have a great start to the holidays this weekend!
Photo from one year ago today, December 21, 2018:
Last year on this date, I made Rice Crispy bars for Tom's birthday. The humidity in Marloth Park made it difficult to harden so I trimmed the edges, placing them in the red bowl as shown.  Tom snacked on the edges after they firmed up in the refrigerator. For more details, please click here.


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